Philadelphia, Pa. - Oct. 25, 2010
Deidre Myers, RPh, faculty liaison for the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Student Chapter at Ohio Northern University (ONU) in Ada, Ohio, has been recognized as the 2010 NCPA Faculty Liaison of the Year by the NCPA Foundation. The award is sponsored by QS/1 and was presented at NCPA's 112th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition held October 23-27.
"Deidre has been an extraordinary faculty liaison throughout her career and has dedicated countless hours of outstanding service to independent pharmacy, encouraged and assisted pharmacy students with the development of entrepreneurial skills, and inspired student interest in pharmacy ownership," said Sharlea Leatherwood, PD, NCPA Foundation President. "She is a very deserving recipient of the 2010 NCPA Faculty Liaison of the Year award, which is a sentiment her present and past students would certainly agree with."
Myers is a 1983 graduate of the Raabe College of Pharmacy at ONU. She has worked in many different pharmacy settings including hospital pharmacy, retail pharmacy, and nursing home consulting. For the past eleven years, Myers has been the pharmaceutics laboratory instructor as well as a pharmacy instructor at ONU, where she is the advisor for the ONU NCPA Student Chapter. Myers' busy schedule also includes part-time work at her husband Randy's independent community pharmacy, Harry's Pharmacy in Carey, Ohio.
The ONU NCPA Student Chapter has taken at least 12 students to the NCPA Legislative Conference in Washington, DC each May for the past five years, and also has taken students to the annual NCPA Convention each October for the last four years. Under her leadership the Chapter was reorganized in 2005 after many years of inactivity. It has since earned many national accolades, including Most Improved Chapter, the Dennis Ludwig Scholarship for Advocacy participation, and second-runner-up for Chapter of the Year. Those efforts culminated this year with the school being named the NCPA Student Chapter of the Year. Four ONU pharmacy students have been awarded an NCPA Foundation Presidential Scholarship, and students have competed four times and been named twice in the top 10 teams in the Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition.
For her work with the NCPA students and political advocacy, Meyers was previously awarded the Ohio Pharmacists Association Good Government Award in 2008. "I am motivated to instill the 'habit' of pharmacy association involvement and advocacy in my students," said Myers. "Nothing gives me greater satisfaction than to see them come back to pharmacy meetings as a young pharmacist."
In addition, Myers has presented the topic of 'New Drugs' at the American College of Apothecaries (ACA) Annual meeting for the last eleven years, as well as for several other conferences. Myers is a fellow of ACA, an active member of APhA, NCPA, AACP and the Ohio Pharmacists' Association. She serves as a Regional Director on the ACA Board, as well as on the Ohio Pharmacists' Foundation Board.
"QS/1 is proud to sponsor NCPA's Faculty Liaison of the Year Award," said Tammy Devine, executive vice president of QS/1. "It is exciting to see faculty members involved with various pharmacy associations. Clearly, Deidre Myers embraces the goal that pharmacy students need to understand the pharmacy industry and the role they can play in being an advocate for pharmacy and pharmacists."
The NCPA Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization established in 1953 to honor former NARD Executive Secretary John W. Dargavel. Contributions to the NCPA Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent permitted under federal tax law. The Foundation supports the growth and advancement of independent community pharmacy through low-interest educational loans and scholarships to pharmacy students in need, critical research and programs to improve the success of independent pharmacy, and financial assistance to community pharmacy owners for their recovery in the event of disaster, accidents, illness, or adverse circumstances. To learn more go to www.ncpafoundation.org.
The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA®) represents the interests of America's community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 23,000 independent community pharmacies, pharmacy franchises, and chains. Together they represent a $93 billion health-care marketplace, have more than 315,000 employees including 62,400 pharmacists, and dispense over 41% of all retail prescriptions. To learn more go to www.ncpanet.org or read NCPA's blog, The Dose, at http://ncpanet.wordpress.com.
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